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Exploration Document Zachary Reinhart HUM200 Cultural Artifacts The first work I have chosen is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It is a horror novel written in 1818 during the Romantic movement. ("Frankenstein", 2018) It was first published in London anonymously; Shelley's name didn't appear until the second edition was published in 1823 in France. The second work I have chosen is The Elevation of the Cross created by Peter Paul Rubens in 1610 during the Renaissance era. (Pritchard, n.d.) It is a triptych painted with oil on paper. It can be seen in the Cathedral of Our Lady in Belgium. Common Theme The common theme in these works is rejection. In Frankenstein the Creature is rejected by Victor his creator. Victor rejects the Creature right after completion when Victor says: How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! – Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion, and straight black lips. The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature. I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For
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this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. (Shelley, 2016 p. 44) Victor could be rejecting the Creature because of how ugly it looks, also it is because of the disappointment and horror at realizing how much of a bad idea it was. In The Elevation Of the Cross we can see Jesus being raised to suffer and die. He was rejected by most of man kind because he told them how sinful they were and the didn't want to hear it. The Creature wasn't asked to be created and right when he was created or born his creator rejected him. Jesus' objective for coming to earth was to help human kind but they rejected him. Personal Experience Everyone has experienced rejection in their lives. It has happened in my life. As I went through school, my classmates rejected me because of a speech impediment. I didn't have control over it, but they would harass me or give me the cold shoulder, not even acknowledging I existed. The theme of rejection is something I have experienced and something that has made me who I am today.
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  • Winter '18
  • Frankenstein, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Peter Paul Rubens

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